President Tinubu Announces Plans For Full University Autonomy


President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has announced plans to reintroduce the Policy of University Full Autonomy.

According to the president, this decision aligns with the federal government’s conviction that university autonomy provides a platform for institutions to develop at their own pace.


The president said this through the Minister of Niger Delta Development, Engineer Abubakar Momoh, at the University of Benin’s 48th convocation ceremony over the weekend.

“University autonomy will no doubt, transfer the responsibility of performance directly to the individual institutions rather than the current state of uncertainties,” he said.

He also acknowledged the concerns of university staff over unpaid salaries.

“Government is not unmindful of the concerns arising from months of unpaid salaries of all categories of university staff, in particular, members of the teaching staff unions, as a fall out of the eight months industrial action,” Tinubu confessed.

To alleviate this situation, he announced a four-month salary payment for all university workers.

Tinubu explained, “This waiver was considered necessary and does not in any way obviate the ‘No Work, No Pay” policy of the government.’

Furthermore, Tinubu promised the government’s commitment to improving the conditions of universities by providing necessary infrastructure, such as lecture theatres, student hostels, administrative offices, and learning tools.

These provisions are being made through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and are expected to motivate staff and students to excel.

Tinubu pledged, “As a responsible government, we would continue to dedicate tangible resources to education and to formulate sustainable policies that would outlive this administration.

“Our universities have the multiple responsibilities of helping to expand horizons through research and technological breakthroughs, impartation of relevant skills and by being more entrepreneurial in outlook.”

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